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ACE-UK How Beverage Cartons Are Recycled

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Published on Oct 11, 2011

Almost 90% of UK local authorities now offer beverage carton collection -- either from the kerbside or through the industry's own bring-bank system.

How are beverage cartons recycled?
Baled cartons are dropped into a pulper, similar to a giant domestic food mixer, filled with water and pulped for around 20 minutes. This breaks down the packaging to produce a grey-brown mixture. The aluminium foil and polyethylene are separated from the fibre. The fibre is recovered to make new paper products. The remaining mix of plastic and aluminium can then be used in furniture, to generate energy or even separated out into pure aluminium and paraffin.

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